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Early voting starts for US election

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (Xinhua) — Early voting for the 2016 US presidential election kicked off on Friday in North Carolina, ushering in a two-month period of advance voting before the final results will be tallied on Election Day, November 8. From Friday on, North Carolina residents could submit absentee b ...more

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  • Bruised in Wisconsin, Trump, Clinton look to friendlier New York

    Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sought to bounce back yesterday from unsettling presidential primary losses in Wisconsin, setting their sights on the next White House contests on friendlier ground – their home state of New York. The Republican and Democratic front-runners were trounced Tuesday night in the Badger State, giving their respective rivals ...more

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  • Chicago chaos tests Trump’s promises of unity

    Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 12:00 AM
    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) – Donald Trump says he can unify the country. Now he has to prove it. The Republican presidential front-runner cancelled a Friday night rally in Chicago rather than enter a tense cauldron of animosity between his supporters and protesters — some of whom then proceeded to face off in several violent altercations as the political gathering veered dangerously close ...more

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  • Clinton, Trump brace for epic White House showdown

    Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 12:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Conventional wisdom says a Donald Trump nomination should bring presidential election gold for Democrat Hillary Clinton – but given how the brash billionaire has outperformed expectations at every turn, it might not be so simple. Analysts and experts who spoke with AFP acknowledged that Trump’s strong performance on Super Tuesday, when millions ...more

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  • Romney's '47 per cent' chosen as year's best quote

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:15 AM
    CONNECTICUT, USA (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about 47 per cent of the population being dependent on the government and "binders full of women" topped this year's best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. " ...more

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  • Granny Obama, Kenya celebrate White House win

    Friday, November 09, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    KOGELO, Kenya (AP) — Waving her cane and smiling broadly, the step-grandmother of Barack Obama celebrated his reelection in Kogelo, the home of Barack Obama's father. The family matriarch is Sarah Obama, who was the second wife of the president's late grandfather. "Take the great job that people have given to you and lead them well," Sarah Obama advised her relative by marriage after his vi ...more

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  • Cloudy future for Mitt Romney

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 8:00 AM
    BOSTON, USA  (AP) — Mitt Romney spent the past six years running for president. After his loss to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, he'll have to chart a different course. The initial plan is to spend time with his family. Romney has five adult sons and 18 grandchildren; a 19th is on the way. His wife, Ann, recently said her husband “absolutely will not run again for president& ...more

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  • World leaders hail Obama

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    PARIS, France (AFP) — World leaders yesterday hailed President Barack Obama’s sweeping reelection, with allies pledged to deepen cooperation with the United States on fighting the world economic slump and maintaining security across the globe. Congratulations poured in from around the world, including fellow UN Security Council members Britain, China, France and Russia as well as stau ...more

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  • Obama: The best is yet to come

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    CHICAGO, USA (AFP) — US President Barack Obama returned to Washington yesterday, emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress. Before leaving Chicago in the afterglow of his euphoric win, Obama was already on the phone trying to bridge the divide with Republican leaders as America stares at a looming financial c ...more

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  • Canadian pot smokers welcome US marijuana vote

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 2:58 AM
    OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canadian pot smokers and their supporters yesterday applauded the US states of Washington and Colorado for legalising marijuana, and called for a similar change in Canada. The youth wing of Canada’s third-ranked Liberal Party said in a statement the result of the referendums in Tuesday’s US presidential election “is an important first step and inspir ...more

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  • Marijuana, gay marriage highlight ballot measures

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 3:28 AM
    THE US general election could result in historic changes for American social policy as several states had a chance to be the first to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote and to legalise recreational use of marijuana. Dating back to 1998, same-sex marriage has been rejected in all 32 states that have held popular votes on the issue. Gay rights advocates believed they had a chance to break th ...more

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  • New Obama song from will.i.am

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    MUSICIAN will.i.am will commemorate Barack Obama’s election victory by releasing a new song in the president’s honour. The Black Eyed Peas star previously marked the politician’s ascension to the White House in 2008 by writing a track called It’s a New Day, and he spent the week leading up to Tuesday’s election penning another song. In a post on Twitter, he writes, ...more

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  • Obama's victory will inspire others

    Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    Dear Editor, One could conclude that President Obama's second victory is a confirmation of his leadership and wasn't a whim to put a black man in the White House. I am sure there are people who believe that Obama's first presidency was just a way of America apologising to black people for centuries of intolerance, but evidently his re-election is a confirmation of his competent leadership. Conse ...more

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  • Cloudy future for Mitt Romney

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:17 PM
    BOSTON, USA (AP) — Mitt Romney spent the past six years running for president. After his loss to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, he'll have to chart a different course. The initial plan is to spend time with his family. Romney has five adult sons and 18 grandchildren; a 19th is on the way. His wife, Ann, recently said her husband “absolutely will not run again for president” ...more

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  • Obama victory 'well deserved' says Simpson Miller

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 2:26 PM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has hailed the reelection of US President Barack Obama as “historic and well deserved”. The victory was a reward for his “tremendous efforts over the past four years to guide your country towards a path of sustainable economic recovery,” Simpson Miller said in congratulating Obama. Jamaica anticipates the &ld ...more

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  • Obama wants to work with GOP

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:03 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — President Barack Obama is sounding a concilliatory tone after his re-election victory Tuesdy night, saying he has learned from those who supported him and those who opposed him. And he says he returns to Washington “more determined” and “more inspired”. He said he’s hoping to work with Republicans to solve America’s problems. H ...more

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  • British PM congratulates Obama

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    LONDON, England (AFP) — British Prime Minster David Cameron on Wednesday said he was looking forward to working again with “friend” Barack Obama after his victory in the US presidential race. “Warm congratulations to my friend Barack Obama,” Cameron wrote on his Twitter account. “Look forward to continuing to work together.” Obama swept to re-election Tu ...more

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  • Obama supporters celebrate outside White House

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 1:59 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Chanting “Four more years!” and “USA, USA!,” a crowd of several thousand well-wishers danced and waved flags outside the White House late Tuesday after Barack Obama was swept back into office. Crowds braved the chilly autumn weather as they rushed towards the president’s official residence, whooping and crying out “Obama, Obama ...more

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  • BARACK IS BACK

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — US President Barack Obama swept to re-election last night creating history again by defying the undertow of a slow economic recovery and high unemployment to beat Republican foe Mitt Romney. Obama became only the second Democrat to win a second four-year White House term since World War II, when television networks projected he would win the bellwether state of O ...more

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  • The most tweeted event in US history

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Election day in the United States became the most tweeted about event in US political history yesterday with enthusiastic netizens firing off 20 million poll-related tweets, the social network said. Americans flocked to Twitter and other platforms all day in a massive social media burst, posting photographic proof they had cast their ballots, cheering their favou ...more

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  • Democrats retain Senate, Republicans the House

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Democrats held on to the Senate and Republicans retained the House of Representatives last night, setting up the prospect of more partisan gridlock in a divided Congress. The Republicans suffered multiple blows to their quest to take back control of the Senate, failing to win several hoped-for seats, as the Democrats added three to their column. The biggest reve ...more

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  • Hispanic Americans play crucial role in Obama victory

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    MIAMI, USA (AFP) — From Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans to Cuban Americans, the more than 12 million Hispanic Americans eligible to vote yesterday apparently held the keys to the White House. "The most important thing is for our voice, the Hispanic voters' voice, be heard, and that the president knows he has our vote, and should support us," said Celeste Guerra, 20. The Honduran Americ ...more

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  • Romney concedes, wishes Obama success

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 1:33 AM
    Defeated Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney delivered a short concession speech lasting fewer than six minutes a few minutes ago, in which he acknowledged that Americans had chosen a different leader and called on the President Barack Obama and citizens to reach across the aisle. “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” he said. “I want t ...more

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  • Americans post proof of ballot on social media

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Americans added a quirky step to their voting routine yesterday by taking to Twitter and other social media with proof they cast their ballot, amid a drive to boost turnout in the presidential poll. A study by the Pew Research Centre found that nearly a quarter of registered voters had already announced who they cast their ballot for — or planned to — ...more

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  • Computer glitches, foul-ups, frustration mark US vote

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Voting went smoothly in yesterday's US elections, except when it didn't. Some computer problems, as well as human ones, drew complaints across the country as millions of Americans went to the polls. One Pennsylvania voter highlighted a problem with voting machines on YouTube, complete with video, in which a touchscreen changed his choice from President Barack Ob ...more

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  • Memorable election day quotes

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP)-- As Americans voted yesterday in a cliffhanger presidential election, here are some memorable election day quotes: BUTTERFLIES "I think anybody who's running for office would be lying if they say that there's not some butterflies before the polls come in, because anything can happen." -US President Barack Obama admits to some polling day nerves. VICTORY SPEECH " ...more

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  • PHOTO: Kenyan Obama comedians

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    Kogelo, Kenya — Two Kenyan comedians wearing t-shirts reading "peace and prayers" in the local Luo language, man ballot boxes at a mock voting station in the village of Kogelo, home to Sarah Obama the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in western Kenya yesterday. (Photo:AP) Kenya Obama comedians --> more

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  • PHOTO: Florida votes

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    Miami, Florida — Voters wait in line tocast their ballots at a polling station, yesterday in Miami. After a grinding presidential campaign President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, yield centre stage to American voters for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. (Photo:A ...more

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  • GOP beats Kentucky Dem, fights to keep House majority

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 9:43 PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans drew first blood Tuesday night as they ousted a Democrat from Kentucky and won two open Democratic seats in North Carolina as they fought to retain control of the House for two more years. GOP attorney Andy Barr defeated Democrat Ben Chandler Tuesday after losing to him by just 647 votes in 2010. Chandler, among a dwindling number of moderate Blue Dog Democrat ...more

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  • Tight race as election night goes down to the wire

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 9:24 PM
    WASHINGTON USA (AP) -- President Barack Obama won the reliably Democratic Northeast, and Republican Mitt Romney secured his Republican conservative base Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment. The critical battlegrounds with the key to victory were unsettled - Virginia, Ohio and Florida among them - with long lines in many locations afte ...more

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  • Exit poll: Obama more in touch

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 8:05 PM
    AP Fifty-two per cent of voters said President Barack Obama is more in touch with people like them, compared to 44 per cent for Republican Mitt Romney. About four in 10 voters said the US economy was getting better, while three in 10 said it was getting worse, and three in 10 said it was the same. Exit polls also showed that just under 50 per cent of voters favoured repealing some or all of Oba ...more

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  • Democrats in Omaha say some ballots pre-filled

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 5:23 PM
    OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Nebraska Democrats say at least two voters at separate polling places in Omaha received ballots that had already been filled out for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and incumbent Republican Representative Lee Terry. The state Democratic Party and campaign of Democratic second District House candidate John Ewing have called a news conference for Tuesday a ...more

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  • President shoots hoops to wind down

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 4:32 PM
    CHICAGO, USA (AFP) — After a long and costly presidential campaign, President Barack Obama indulged in his favourite election-day pastime: unwinding on the basketball court. Obama hit the court in his adopted hometown with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former personal aide Reggie Love, both onetime college-level players, and other friends, the White House said. The president likes to ...more

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  • Gallery! New Yorkers vote in close presidential election

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 4:00 PM
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  • Election glitches as Americans vote

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 1:15 PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sporadic problems were reported Tuesday at polling places around the country, including a confrontation in Pennsylvania involving Republican inspectors over access to some polls and a last-minute court fight in Ohio over election software. One Florida elections office mistakenly told voters in robocalls the election was on Wednesday. Although the majority of complaints were sim ...more

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  • Burgers vs. Omelettes

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 11:59 AM
    France's version of the U.S. Election Day is playing out ... on the plate. For 24 hours, the popular Breakfast in America diner in central Paris is offering two special additions to the menu: an Obama Burger and a Romney Omelette. The owner will count how many dishes are sold by the end of the day and the U.S. election winner, as decided by French palates, will be declared. One problem: The Obam ...more

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  • Woman in labour votes

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 11:21 AM
    A pregnant suburban Chicago woman didn't let being in labour stop her from voting in her first presidential election. Cook County Clerk David Orr reports that 21-year-old Galicia Malone's water had broken and her contractions were about five minutes apart. But Orr says she still made the detour en route to the hospital to vote this morning at the polls at New Life Celebration Church in Dolton, Il ...more

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  • Paul Ryan votes

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 11:11 AM
    REPUBLICAN vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has cast his ballot — at the Janesville library in Wisconsin. Ryan, wife Janna, and his three children, arrived at the Janesville library to vote in a presidential race that entered its final day today. Ryan did not wait in line and made his way to the front of the line. He greeted poll workers with hugs and asked one man, "Coach”, if ...more

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  • Biden votes

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 9:14 AM
    (AP) — "Now voting, Joe Biden," announced the polling place worker manning a booth in Greenville, Del., the vice president's home state. Biden went into the booth and — presumably — voted for himself and President Barack Obama. Like the other early-morning voters, Biden waited his turn in line, along with his wife, Jill. Later, reporters asked whether he had any prediction for ...more

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  • Romney casts his ballot

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 9:09 AM
    Then, he had to contemplate the fall of night and the counting of votes, and hope for the best. His wife, Ann, was at his side Tuesday morning when the pair cast their ballots near their Belmont, Mass. home a little before 9 a.m. EST. The Republican presidential candidate will return to Boston Tuesday night for an Election Day reception at the Boston Convention Centre. Asked who he voted for, Ro ...more

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  • 'Obama is going to win'

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    THE near year-long campaign for the presidency of the United States of America culminates today with millions of Americans going to the polls to decide between incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Four years ago, Obama created history when he defeated Republican John McCain to become the first black president of the United States. However, the euphor ...more

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  • America at a crossroads

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    TODAY is the day of decision in the 2012 United States presidential elections. In 2008 Barack Obama, running on a Democratic ticket, won decisively against the Republican candidate John McCain. For the first time in history there would be a black man in the White House. Obama won because the people were tired of what was happening in Washington, they wanted change, they m ...more

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  • Very few voters to decide US presidential race

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — The outcome of the hard-fought but still deadlocked presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be decided tonight by a small percentage of voters in just nine of the 50 U.S. states. That's because presidents are elected not by popular vote, but under a state-by-state voting system, known as the Electoral College. The sy ...more

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  • Obama or Romney? Jamaicans weigh in

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    AN estimated 133 million Americans will vote today in the US presidential elections. Voters will decide whether to give President Barack Obama a second term, or if his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will take the reins of the world's most powerful nation. The Jamaica Observer solicited the views of members of the public yesterday as to who they think will emerge winner after the votes are tall ...more

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  • 13 US presidents since World War ll

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Thirteen presidents — seven Democrats and six Republicans — have called the White House home since the United States entered World War II in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Below is a list showing when they were elected to when their successors were voted into office: * 1932-1945: Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat). Re-elected for the fourth ti ...more

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  • More Jamaicans will vote for Obama, says campaign aide

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    JAMAICAN-BORN American attorney Roger Archibald believes United States President Barack Obama will pick up many more votes today from Americans with Jamaican roots, following the endorsement of the president for a second term by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell, who was born to Jamaican parents, served under the last Republican administration led by George W Bush. He played a key ro ...more

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  • Obama or Romney? - Americans vote today

    Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 3:00 AM
    FAIRFAX, Virginia (AFP) — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both confidently predicted victory yesterday as they rallied supporters in the dying hours of a bitter White House race, which the US president leads by a whisker. The foes, drained by fatigue, charged through the swing states that will dictate their fates, taking final shots at one another hours before polls open in an election that wi ...more

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  • Obama, Romney make last minute pleas in close race

    Monday, November 05, 2012 - 5:14 PM
    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made last-minute pleas for votes Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the 2012 election in their favor. National polls of the eve of Election Day showed a neck-and-neck race. But the winner will be deter ...more

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  • Understanding the US Electoral College

    Monday, November 05, 2012 - 2:07 PM
    Millions of Americans will vote Tuesday, November 6. But after visits to the polling stations Americans will await word from the Electoral College to know who is president. The college is a process, not a place; it’s a compromise between election of the president by a vote in congress and a popular vote of citizens. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors.  A majority of 270 ...more

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  • America votes- Romney vs Obama

    Monday, November 05, 2012 - 12:03 PM
    Candidate: Barack Hussein Obama August 4,1961 (Democratic party) http://www.barackobama.com Willard Mitt Romney March 12, 1947 (Republican party) http://www.mittromney.com ...more

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  • Distribution of Electoral Votes

    Monday, November 05, 2012 - 12:00 PM
    The allocations below are based on the 2010 Census. They are effective for the 2012, 2016, and 2020 presidential elections. Total Electoral Votes: 538; Majority Needed to Elect: 270 State Electoral Votes Alabama 9 Alaska 3 ...more

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  • The electoral map as it currently stands (it favours Obama)

    Monday, November 05, 2012 - 9:39 AM
    The analysis isn’t intended to predict the outcome of the Nov. 6 election. Rather, it’s meant to provide a snapshot of a race that has been stubbornly close in the small number of most competitive states all year. The analysis is based on public polls and internal campaign surveys as well as spending on television advertising, candidate visits, get-out-the-vote organizations and interv ...more

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  • Kenyan witch doctor sees easy Obama victory

    Monday, November 05, 2012 - 8:18 AM
    KOGELO, Kenya (AP) — In President Barack Obama's ancestral village in Kenya, witch doctor John Dimo tossed some shells, bones and other items to determine who will win Tuesday's election. After throwing the objects like so many dice outside his hut in Kogelo village, Dimo, who says he is 105 years old, points to a white shell and declares: "Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to ...more

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  • Romney: Obama doesn’t understand business

    Friday, November 02, 2012 - 5:33 AM
    ROANOKE, Virginia (AP) — Mitt Romney said yesterday that President Barack Obama doesn't have a clue about how business works. The Obama campaign said Romney doesn't know what he's talking about. The Republican presidential nominee also criticised Obama for suggesting the creation of a secretary of business. “We don't need a secretary of business to understand business. We need a pres ...more

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  • Mayor Bloomberg endorses Obama

    Friday, November 02, 2012 - 4:56 AM
    WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday backed President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, saying the incumbent Democrat will bring leadership that is critically needed to fight climate change after the East Coast devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. The endorsement from the politically independent and popular third-term mayor was a major boost for Obama ...more

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  • Romney renews push for White House

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    TAMPA, Florida (AFP) — Mitt Romney renewed his White House campaign yesterday with a trio of rallies in Florida, after President Barack Obama grabbed headlines by commanding the federal response to superstorm Sandy. Romney laid low on Tuesday, cancelling campaign events as Obama, glued to Washington, wielded the vast powers of incumbency to oversee emergency operations and crisis response d ...more

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  • Why Obama should win again

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    Dear Editor, The 2012 US presidential elections are being closely monitored , mainly because polls show it is neck and neck, and racial issues again become part of the game. I read Tony Miles' comments in the Jamaica Observer of October 30, "America might well favour Romney", and I was very confused with his points, especially about racial issues. Yes, most top earners in sports and entertainmen ...more

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  • The good, bad and ugly coverage of US election campaign

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    FOR those in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries who previously believed that there was nothing at stake for us in the American elections, the campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney now appears riveting. As both candidates head for the finish line, it seems that the whole world is paying attention. Nowhere is this more evident than in global conversations on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and o ...more

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  • Obama speaks Bob Marley

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:41 AM
    KINGSTON, Jamaica — US President Barack Obama says Bob Marley’s music helped raise his awareness about the struggles of persons outside the US during his college years. During a sit down with MTV’s Sway Calloway last Friday, the president spoke of the power of music, and zoned in on political music and its impact during Marley’s time. “I can remember when I was in c ...more

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  • America might well favour Romney

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 4:22 AM
    Dear Editor, Now that the US election is at fever-pitch excitement and President Obama has a slight edge in the electoral votes, the Republican hate groups, surrogates and racist groups are pulling out every stop to make President Obama a one-term president, but that’s politics. All is fair in love and war. This brings me to to the question: Is America a racist country? I have made my own ...more

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  • US presidential election is down to the wire!

    Monday, October 29, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    Next week Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Americans will continue the process of voting for the next president of the United States. I say "continue" because early voting has been taking place for the past two weeks. As things now stand, the race is essentially tied. Many public opinion polls of registered and "likely" voters are pointing to a photo finish with some tilting in favour of a Romney win, a ...more

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  • Caribbean noticeably absent from US presidential politics

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 5:45 AM
    AS if the many pressing social and economic problems they continue to face are not enough, there came the wrath of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday to add further misery to the people of Jamaica and Cuba. While their economic and political systems are different, the citizens of both Cuba and Jamaica are respected for their resilience in overcoming disasters. They would also be aware that comparativel ...more

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  • Romney can't be trusted — Obama

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    NASHUA, New Hampshire, (AFP) — President Barack Obama, campaigning in tiny New Hampshire yesterday, slammed his Republican rival Mitt Romney's record as governor of neighboring Massachusetts, saying he is a man voters can't trust. Just 10 days out from the November 6 presidential election, Obama was in the small US state for the second time in two weeks because it is the only one in the n ...more

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  • Obama, Romney campaign with eye on storm forecast

    Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 9:54 AM
    WASHINGTON, USA (AP) -- With an eye on the weather forecast, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are launching a 10-day sprint to the finish line in a contest increasingly about momentum vs. math. A huge storm barrelling toward the East Coast - and some battleground states - had both campaigns adjusting their travel schedules and cancelling events. Even at this critical juncture of ...more

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  • Obama takes early lead in US voting

    Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:41 AM
    CHICAGO, USA (AFP) — President Barack Obama fired up his campaign’s efforts to get supporters to the polls by casting an early ballot in his hometown of Chicago yesterday. Several American states allow voting before election day and polling data suggests the Democratic incumbent has built a lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among early voters in the runup to November 6. The ...more

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  • Clint Eastwood makes Romney's day

    Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood made Mitt Romney's day yesterday, urging Americans to join him in supporting the Republican White House challenger in a TV ad against President Barack Obama. The gruff-voiced Dirty Harry star said four more years of Obama would mean four more years of policies that have left America "knocked down," with 23 million people unable to find ...more

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  • Pregnancy caused by rape is God's intention, says GOP candidate

    Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    IOWA, USA (AFP) — President Barack Obama's campaign team yesterday slammed a Republican Senate candidate's remarks on rape and abortion as extreme, and tried to link rival Mitt Romney to such thinking. Anti-abortion Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's statement that pregnancy caused by rape was "something God intended to happen" gave Obama a new opening to attack his rival's record on women ...more

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  • Obama, Romney heading for photo finish

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) — And they're off! Barack Obama and Mitt Romney galloped out of the post-debate gate yesterday to woo swing state voters in the final two weeks of a race that seems destined for a photo finish. Both will criss-cross America as they seek an edge in the presidential contest, but one state in particular — the Midwestern prize of Ohio — will get the lion's sh ...more

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  • Obama renews focus on second-term agenda

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 8:57 AM
    WASHINGTON, USA(AP) — President Barack Obama, bowing to pressure from Republicans and some Democrats, is launching an effort to define his second-term agenda as the White House race barrels toward the finish. The broad effort includes new television advertisements, direct mail to voters in battleground states and a sharper emphasis in Obama's campaign speeches on the next four years. Most o ...more

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  • LA Times endorses Obama

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) — A major US newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, yesterday endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term in the White House, saying he has brought "steady leadership" to the office. "The nation has been well served by President Obama's steady leadership. He deserves a second term," stated an LA Times editorial. It added that while his opponents assailed him as a so ...more

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  • Romney, Obama dead heat into third debate

    Monday, October 22, 2012 - 3:19 PM
    BOCA RATON, Florida (AFP) — US President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Monday face off in their third and final debate, with polls showing them dead even in their race for the White House. The showdown focusing on foreign policy is being held in the critical toss-up state of Florida just 15 days before the election and promises to be among the most watched 90 min ...more

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  • Romney ups criticism of Obama's second-term plans

    Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 3:56 PM
    FLORIDA, USA (AP) — Heading into the campaign's final weeks, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is upping his criticism of President Barack Obama's plans for a second term, accusing the Democrat of failing to tell Americans what he would do with four more years. The Obama campaign is aggressively disputing the notion, claiming it's Romney who hasn't provided specific details to vo ...more

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  • Is Obama or Romney better for the Caribbean?

    Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    After four years as president, the world already knows what kind of foreign policy Obama would seek to implement. It will be forceful in defence of what Obama sees as the interests of the United States, and while it will try to work with other governments and through the United Nations Security Council, it will not stop short of taking unilateral action against any country that it believes poses a ...more

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  • Obama attacks Romney before Monday's debate

    Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    FAIRFAX, Virginia, (AFP) — US President Barack Obama set an aggressive tone yesterday ahead of his final debate with White House challenger Mitt Romney, accusing the Republican of suffering from policy "Romnesia". One night earlier, both men had traded light-hearted banter at a charity dinner but yesterday the barbs turned nasty, with the Democratic incumbent taunting Romney's efforts to t ...more

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  • Romney took a swing and missed, says Obama

    Friday, October 19, 2012 - 6:23 AM
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AFP) — US President Barack Obama said yesterday that Mitt Romney had taken a swing and missed when selling his tax plan to Americans, claiming his rival’s economic policy does not add up. Obama also said that, after their acrimonious exchange in their second debate in Long Island on Tuesday, he was looking forward to discussing Iraq and Afghanistan with Romn ...more

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  • Re-energised Obama, Romney in crackling debate

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 7:07 AM
    Romney pushed back hard, saying the middle class "has been crushed over the last four years" under Obama's leadership and that 23 million Americans are still struggling to find work. He contended the death of the US ambassador to Libya was part of an unraveling of the administration's foreign policy. The president was feistier from the outset than he had been in their initial encounter two weeks ...more

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  • Obama indebted to the Clintons

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    NEW YORK, USA (AFP) — If President Barack Obama wins re-election in three weeks time, he will begin his second term heavily in debt to Bill and Hillary Clinton, one-time tormentors turned power-couple protectors. As Obama headed to New York for a crucial debate against resurgent Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Clintons, the dominant Democrats of the last 20 years, were again stealing ...more

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  • Obama out to seize momentum in tonight's debate

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 1:54 PM
    HEMPSTEAD, NY (AP) — Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney conferred with his debate practice partner while President Barack Obama exercised before his final study review for Tuesday's debate, both hoping it would help them pull ahead in the razor-tight race. "I feel fabulous," Obama told reporters on his way into a meeting with top aides after three days of intensive "debate camp" ...more

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  • Romney's record $170m intake trails Obama

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 2:00 AM
    WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — Republican Mitt Romney raised more than $170 million in September, aides said yesterday -- a record for his campaign, but shy of President Barack Obama's $181 million haul for the same period. With the latest fund-raising figures, the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) plus state party participants now have more than $191 million cash on hand ...more

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